Family: Picornaviridae

Genus: Ludopivirus


Distinguishing features

The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters. 



No details are available on the morphology of virions. 

Nucleic acid

Genome (Boros et al., 2018): c. 8,051 nt (5′-UTR: 529 nt; ORF: 7,257 nt; 3′-UTR: 265 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified. 

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout:


The deduced polyprotein is of 2,419 amino acids. There is an L protein with unknown function. The 1AB protein remains uncleaved. The 2A protein has an H-box/NC sequence motif. 


No virus has been isolated. Viral RNA was detected in a cloacal sample of greater white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons). 

Derivation of names

Ludopivirus: derived from Hungarian lúd (goose) and picornavirus

Species demarcation criteria

There is only a single species in the genus.